Newark Archdiocese wins court case on legality of its headstone business

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A view of headstones inside the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, N.J. A lawsuit alleged that  Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of Newark illegally sell headstones and private mausoleums, then don't pay required tax on them. Photo courtesy of Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger

A view of headstones inside the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, N.J. A lawsuit alleged that Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of Newark illegally sell headstones and private mausoleums, then don't pay required tax on them. Photo courtesy of Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger

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NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) The Archdiocese of Newark became the first cemetery operator in New Jersey, religious or otherwise, to enter the lucrative headstone business in April of last year.